Hear from Practitioners

Writing a Personal Statement

Posted by Larry G. Dunham, D.M.D., FACD, FICD on May 26, 2022

The personal statement is one of the most important parts of the ADEA AADSAS® (ADEA Associated American Dental Schools Application Service) application. It gives a dental school’s Admissions Committee the opportunity to assess your motivations and decide if you will be extended an invitation to interview.

“Applicants should use the personal statement as an opportunity to honestly reflect on dentistry as a career choice,” says Larry G. Dunham, D.M.D., FACD, FICD, Assistant Dean for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging at Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. 

... See More

Promoting Success Through Study Skills

Posted by Jessica Kiser, Ed.D., M.S., RDH on October 19, 2021

“Excitement is in the air as you apply for allied dental health programs and envision yourself as an oral health care provider,” says Jessica Kiser, Ed.D., M.S., RDH, Program Director at Cape Fear Community College and Adjunct Clinical Lecturer, University of Michigan School of Dentistry. “As you do your research, you may talk with current or former students and realize these programs are challenging yet so rewarding. These individuals may tell you about the program’s course load and assessments, and you may start to wonder how to be successful. One way to foster your success is to improve your study skills.”

A few improvements could include creating a schedule, enhancing your reading skills and reviewing course material before and after class.  

... See More

Why Internships or Fellowships Are Recommended for International Dentists

Posted by Swati Gupta, M.D.S., B.D.S. on December 16, 2020

“The first time I decided to pursue my dream to do a periodontics residency in the United States, I approached the director of a periodontics program in one school who then asked me to come for a six-month or one-year internship,” says National Boards Educator Swati Gupta, M.D.S., B.D.S.

“Until that moment, the only internship I was aware of, was the one-year mandatory internship during the five-year completion of a Bachelor of Dental Medicine (B.D.S.) in India,” Dr. Gupta said. After some research, she learned quickly that internships and externships are recommended for any national or international student who is keen to continue their career in dentistry in the United States.

Keep reading to learn the advice Dr. Gupta has for any international dentist considering practicing their profession within the United States.

... See More

A Unique Deployment Experience Featuring a United States Public Health Service (USPHS) Dental Officer

Posted by Sayo Adunola, D.D.S., M.P.H. on September 23, 2020
As part of ADEA GoDental’s ongoing focus on professional opportunities for dentists within the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), we present Capt. Nixon Roberts, D.D.S., MPH, M.A., who shared his unique deployment experience with Lt. Cmdr. Sayo Adunola, D.D.S., M.P.H., USPHS. Capt. Roberts served aboard the USNS Comfort’s “Enduring Promise” mission in conjunction with the U.S. Navy. The entire tour lasted about six months and included stops at several Central American, South American and Caribbean countries with the mission of providing free health care to the people of the region. ... See More

Writing a Personal Statement for Your Dental School Application

Posted by Anirudha Agnihotry, B.D.S., D.D.S. on March 25, 2020

“The personal statement is one of the most important parts of the ADEA AADSAS® (ADEA Associated American Dental School Application Service) application,” says Anirudha Agnihotry, B.D.S., D.D.S. “It gives a dental school’s admissions committee the opportunity to assess your motivations and decide if you will be extended an invitation to interview. Often, it takes a long time to write it, and individuals may feel lost on how to approach it. I will help guide you on the path to what I believe is a successfully written and effective personal statement.”

... See More

Dental Hygiene and Advocacy Join Forces

Posted by Jane Walsh, RDH, J.D. on August 20, 2018
After serving in the United States Air Force, Jane Walsh, RDH, J.D., Program Director of Dental Hygiene at Louisiana State University Health New Orleans School of Dentistry (LSUSD), obtained her dental hygiene degree and then later her Juris Doctorate (J.D.). ... See More

Thoughts from the Academy of General Dentistry Vice President

Posted by Neil J. Gajjar on October 13, 2017
Neil J. Gajjar, D.D.S., MAGD, is honest about the fact that dental school wasn’t easy. There were times he wondered if his hard work would one day pay off, but he continued to persevere. Today, he runs a successful 10-doctor practice in Mississauga, Ontario, and always devotes time to giving back to the profession of dentistry and to his own community. Read on as Dr. Gajjar gets candid with the ADEA GoDental team about his passion for learning.
... See More